Community Event Planning

Why do you need a Festival and Event Permit?

A Festival and Event Permit will identify when an organized activity is being hosted in a park, road or venue. This helps prevent scheduling conflicts and ensures the appropriate insurance and licensing are in place. 

Contact the Community Events Administrator at 403-851-2535 to check availability before applying and to guide you through the process.

Download the Town of Cochrane Event Planning Standards

*New online application!*

Fire Pits

Small (fewer than 24 people), private events are welcome to gather at any town firepit on a first-come-first-served basis. No permit is required and no reservations taken. Be sure to check on the current fire hazard status before heading out. 

Public Toilets

The toilets in Mitford Park and the Historic Ranche Site are now closed for the winter.

Event Planner Resources:

Waste Diversion 

Did you know that the Town of Cochrane has three-stream waste diversion containers you may borrow at no charge to help divert your event waste?

Town Maps

*New interactive map of town parks and pathways can be found here. It shows the locations of playgrounds, public washroom, firepits, public parking, courts, pathways and much more.

Once you've found a suitable outdoor location for your event, you can use Town interactive and downloadable maps to build your site plan. Festival and Event applications must include a site plan detailing all event features. 

Digital Signs

The Town has digital signs at two locations. Local non-profit community organizations may request space on the digital signs to promote events. 

Noise Permits

Events with amplified or sustained noise must apply for a Noise Control Bylaw Exemption. In accordance with Noise Control Bylaw No. 16/2011

Invite the Mayor

To invite the Mayor to your special event, simply fill out the Mayor Invite Request form. 

Event Permit Fees

Community Event Standard Permit $55+GST
Community Event Permit with Supplementary Services $100+GST

Other Helpful Links:


Check the Alberta Health Services site or call 1-833-476-4743 to determine if you must notify the provincial authority of your event. Typical examples of features that require AHS notification include personal services, petting zoos, food service and so on.

Utility Safety 

If you anticipate any ground disturbances such as hammering any spikes into the ground or digging holes during your event, contact Utility Safety Partners to arrange a utility locate request.

Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis

Find information regarding liquor licenses for public events here

Upcoming Special Event Street Closures:

 Keep checking this space for info regarding special event road closures.

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